October 22, 2016

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter and allies protested outside a Liberal Party of Canada meeting last night.

The Liberal Party event took place at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. Their promotion highlighted, "This will be the first gathering of Liberals in Ontario since our historic victory last October and is an event not to be missed." The regular registration fee was $350 with sliding scale rates down to $115 for "Youth and Indigenous".

The outreach for the rally noted, "Citizens are calling on Justin Trudeau to honour his environmental commitments laid out in his party’s election platform. With starting to end destructive projects that fuel Canada's contribution to climate change. Divesting from fossil fuels! And for him to establish a Lake Tonawanda wetlands national park, that would rescue the Thundering Waters Forest." The Thundering Waters Forest is threatened by a plan to build the $1 billion 'Paradise' development project, which includes a hotel, entertainment facilities, apartment housing, and a private school.

October 21, 2016

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter joined a protest today outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel against the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

A conference was taking place inside called, "The Canada-EU agreement: a new momentum for Quebec", with speakers including former Quebec premier Jean Charest, Quebec's minister of international relations, their chief negotiator for CETA, various business leaders, and the European Union's ambassador to Canada.

The protest was also an occasion to celebrate the collapse of CETA talks in Brussels.

October 21, 2016

The Belgian region of Wallonia is holding firm in its opposition to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Earlier this week, European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom had said that if the Council of the European Union (which is comprised of representatives from the 28 member states of the European Union) could not reach an agreement by today, then the CETA signing ceremony scheduled for October 27 would have to be cancelled.

News reports now suggest that negotiations will extend into the weekend to try to reach a deal, but given the depth of concerns that were expressed by Walloon minister-president Paul Magnette in an address to the Wallonian parliament today that prospect is highly unlikely.

Council of Canadians trade campaigner Sujata Dey is in Belgium now and has been following the debate in the Wallonian parliament in Namur.

October 20, 2016

The Peterborough chapter was at Maryam Monsef's consultation on electoral reform on September 6. Photo by Jessica Nyznik/ Peterborough Examiner.

Twenty-six chapters have engaged in various forms of consultation on electoral reform over the last year.

In the October 2015 federal election, the Liberal platform promised, "We will make every vote count. We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting. This committee will deliver its recommendations to Parliament. Within 18 months of forming government, we will introduce legislation to enact electoral reform."

October 20, 2016

Chapter activists and allies gathered on October 15 to protest austerity and the Muskrat Falls dam.

Council of Canadians chapter from across the country participated in the Groundswell 2016 conference in St. John's this past October 14-16.

Thirty-five chapter activists from our four regions came together for three days of meetings, workshops, panels, protests, resolutions, connecting, and much more.